Posted on August 12, 2018


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I’ve read out-loud to my boys nearly every night since they were born. It’s just something we’ve kept up even as they have become teenagers, always finding a next book to read. Over the years we’ve moved from Dr. Suess and Margaret Wise Brown to L Frank Baum and Brandon Mull, from Lloyd Alexander to Neil Gaiman. The past few months we’ve been enjoying Brandon Sanderson’s “Mistborn’ and “Stormlight Archive”.

We’ve been reading “Oathbringer” lately and a description of the “cognitive realm” called “Shadesmar” really got stuck in my circuits. Without giving away too much, it’s a dark land of black obsidian with colorful crystal trees (and lots of spirits). I thought it would make an interesting challenge to render. Learned quite a bit in Plant Factory about wind and controlling leaf color.

I don’t know how many more books Ian and Jason will want me to read as they get older. I’ll keep at it as long as they want me to. When they finally do move on I will have this scene to remind me of our bedtime ritual.

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